Photographers can all tell you a story about the time they missed an amazing shot because they didn’t or couldn’t have their camera with them. Fortunately, almost every photographer usually has their smartphone with them. As the quality of the cameras in smartphones improves, so do the tools and accessories to help you stay ahead of the pack. While the lens and sensors built into your phone will always have the biggest impact on quality, these tools will help you level up in all sorts of scenarios. [Want more? Read about our favorite compact cameras for travelers.]
Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for National Geographic magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.